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Brave Leadership

The Joy of Being Wrong When a Subordinate Disagrees With You

George Bradt | Posted 12.28.2016 | Business
George Bradt

My favorite leadership moments have come when people that worked for me disagreed with me, chose their way and proved me wrong. These happened when we...

How To Get From Safe Contentment To True Happiness

George Bradt | Posted 10.17.2016 | Business
George Bradt

It's hard to make the last jump from Maslowian safe, contented, self-esteem to self-actualized and truly happy. A very small set of people get pulled ...

General Electric's Response To Major Enduring Change

George Bradt | Posted 10.12.2016 | Business
George Bradt

As legendary UCLA basketball coach Jack Wooden said, "Things turn out best for those who make the best of how things turn out." General Electric CEO J...

The Recession Is Coming. Heed This Advice From Mid-Market CEO Convention Speakers.

George Bradt | Posted 10.05.2016 | Business
George Bradt

Shame on you. It's coming and you're not ready. The current steady rate of economic growth is going to get interrupted. No one knows if the interrupti...

How NFL Concussion Fixes Were Delayed By Bennet Omalu's Failure To Ask "Who Cares Most?"

George Bradt | Posted 04.20.2016 | Business
George Bradt

Dr. Bennet Omalu is a heroic scientific leader. However, from a change management perspective, he spent years focused on the wrong people instead of t...

Why BMW's Strategies Are Theoretically Elegant And Practically Useless

George Bradt | Posted 04.13.2016 | Business
George Bradt

No matter how elegant the words, strategies are useless unless they help others make choices. Like most, BMW's stated strategies are too generic and f...

Just One Time, Try to Jump

Caroline Daus | Posted 03.11.2017 | GPS for the Soul
Caroline Daus

If you're tired of existing, think about what it is you want. Think about the kind of people you want to surround yourself with. Set your intentions. Then jump. Know and believe that there is more for you out there.

Disney's Best Ever Example of Motivating Employees

George Bradt | Posted 05.20.2016 | Business
George Bradt

The best examples of things that motivate others over the short-term almost always involve surprise and delight. A million years ago I heard this story from Mike Vance about his boss at the time, Walt Disney.

The Art and Science of Team Optimization

George Bradt | Posted 06.15.2015 | Business
George Bradt

The world needs three types of leaders: artistic, scientific and interpersonal. And the world needs them to work together to change feelings, knowledge and behaviors as a team. Their initial joining up or onboarding is one of the crucibles of leadership.

Why You Should Lead Outside In Instead Of Inside Out

George Bradt | Posted 05.25.2015 | Business
George Bradt

The most effective leaders think outside in: outside first, inside second. The true measure of success is not in the organizations, infrastructure or people leaders attract and develop, but in what those organizations, infrastructure and people get done for others.

How to Motivate the Middle 80 Percent? Contests

George Bradt | Posted 04.25.2015 | Business
George Bradt

The generally accepted path to success is to invest in top performers and not worry about the rest. FantasySalesTeam's founder, Adam Hollander, said the most impactful sales contests motivate the middle performers. It made no sense -- until he persuaded me that he was right.

Why You Must Rethink Your Attitude To Service Recovery

George Bradt | Posted 04.06.2015 | Business
George Bradt

Things go wrong. Good companies make them right. Great companies go beyond that to making the people who were wronged feel better. The lifetime value of loyal customers is common knowledge.

Banish General Motors-like Bureaucracy, Embrace Hierarchy

George Bradt | Posted 03.23.2015 | Business
George Bradt

When your team grows beyond 30 people, hierarchy is your friend. But at any and every stage, bureaucracy is your enemy.

Resolve For 2015: Strengthen Your Own BRAVE Leadership

George Bradt | Posted 03.09.2015 | Business
George Bradt

Webster defines "brave" as having or showing courage -- the mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty. BRAVE is also an acronym for Behaviors, Relationships, Attitudes, Values, and Environment, which together form a framework for leadership.

Competing With Industry Giants? 5 Keys to Winning in the Niches

George Bradt | Posted 02.21.2015 | Business
George Bradt

Don't pick a fight with the elephants of your industry. Don't play in the field where they are fighting. You don't need the elephants to lose for you to win. You just need to avoid getting trampled.

Creating Leverage Where None Seems to Exist

George Bradt | Posted 02.16.2015 | Business
George Bradt

If you're put on a college waitlist, do you view that as a polite "no" or an invitation to launch a campaign? If your buyer raises objections to your sales pitch, do you view that as the beginning of the end or a request for more information?

Working to Strengthen Your Leadership? Accept More Bids to Connect

George Bradt | Posted 01.25.2015 | Business
George Bradt

Relationships built on connecting with others are the heart of leadership. Thus, to strengthen your leadership you must turn toward and accept bids for connection instead of turning away from them.

Curating Relationship Building to Accelerate Onboarding

George Bradt | Posted 01.03.2015 | Business
George Bradt

The heart of leaderships is relationships. If you can't connect with others, you can't lead them. This is why the core of a strong onboarding program ...

The Secret to Success in an Interim Leadership Role

George Bradt | Posted 12.29.2014 | Business
George Bradt

Must be strategic. But may not be the one who sees the strategy through. Must build the organization. But may be building it for someone else. Must manage the operations. But unpopular edicts can be delayed until the permanent leader shows up.

Brave Negotiating: A Better Path to Win-Win

George Bradt | Posted 11.16.2014 | Business
George Bradt

The only negotiating result that can stand the test of time is win-win. BRAVE negotiating can get you there, working through behaviors, relationships, attitudes, values and the environment from the outside in as you prepare in advance, manage the moment and follow through.

Big Presentation? Don't Do It, Have A Conversation Instead

George Bradt | Posted 11.16.2014 | Business
George Bradt

There are some great presenters. There are people to whom any of us would gladly pay money to let us listen to them read the phone book. The odds are that you are not one of them.

How To Survive A Bad Boss: Learnings From Hewlett-Packard's Mike Nefkens

George Bradt | Posted 11.10.2014 | Business
George Bradt

Mike Nefkens' story of surviving at HP by engaging in his own style of leadership, allowed his team and business to thrive. Bringing in your own style can help guide you through similar challenges by clarifying what matters and why, pausing to accelerate, and rallying the team around the cause.

The Virgin Way -- Richard Branson's BRAVE Leadership

George Bradt | Posted 11.03.2014 | Business
George Bradt

While Richard Branson's new book, "The Virgin Way" is "about listening, learning, laughing and leading," applying the BRAVE leadership framework to the book's ten summary ideas yields highly applicable insights.

High-End Selling: Be BRAVE or Be Gone

George Bradt | Posted 10.12.2014 | Business
George Bradt

You must be BRAVE to sell at the high-end. Behaviors, relationships, attitude, values and the environment make all the difference. Ori Bukai, owner an...

Rebranding? Be Like Blue Ribbon Sports (Nike)

George Bradt | Posted 09.22.2014 | Business
George Bradt

The only constant is change. If you're not moving forward, you're falling behind. This is why you need to evolve your brand on a constant basis and even rebrand when warranted.